There is nothing an NFL fan wants to hear less than their season is over, and even less than that, you don’t want to hear that your season is over in mid-October. However, for Kansas City Chiefs fans, the reality of the situation is that whatever hopes and goals this team might have had are gone to the wayside. So with a bye week this week, what should the focus be moving forward?
Staring firmly at a 1-5 record, and sporting a hyper fanatic fanbase, GM Scott Pioli needs to decide what to do with the next 10 weeks. From a team and player perspective I am in no way saying that the team should just tank the season. As a professional, I expect most of these players to go out the last 10 games and do their very best. Even if it won’t make any difference.
There are really only 2 areas that Chiefs fans are laboring over, and I think they are exactly right. First, it’s the quarterback position. In the preseason, quarterback Matt Cassel was playing with confidence and making all the throws. He was playing with some swagger and had earned the confidence of his teammates. Chiefs fans were excited. But then the regular season got here and it all starts to fall apart.
Cassel appears to be one of those quarterbacks who feeds off of their own success, but also struggles to function in the absence of it. To compare, when you watch a quarterback like New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, the body language when he throws an int, or a teammate doesn’t make a play he expects, shows you that he feels like he can get it back and it won’t impact the rest of his game.
Now when something happens to Cassel, his body language tells you that he’s done. If his teammates don’t come back and get him back on track with a big play, I am not sure he can get himself back in line and it just starts to spiral. Honestly as a non-Chiefs fan, I think Cassel has talent, but I think he’s damaged at this point, and he may not get it back.
And with all that, Chiefs fans have been clamoring for a change. And after Cassel went down with a head injury they got their wish. The most popular player on any team is the backup quarterback, and so for a week fans were excited about quarterback Brady Quinn running the offense. But it was a new face and the same story. Quinn struggled, the Chiefs lose again, and the outlook for the next 10 games is grim.
The second area of concern with this team is the coaching staff. I hate to sound cliche’ but with all the talent on this roster, this team has to collectively feel that the head coach has lost. I understand that in this league you cannot win consistently with poor quarterback play, but with good coaching, the rest of these players should be more competitive. I’m not a Chiefs fan, but if I were, I’d want head coach Romeo Crennel gone. There are too many good players on this team for them to underperform like this.
I can’t help but think that no matter how this team finishes, short of a rally of biblical proportions and a run at the playoffs, the Chiefs front office must seriously consider making a change at quarterback for 2013, and if things don’t improve a change at head coach as well. We typically see that when the head coach goes, an incumbent quarterback playing poorly will typically go with him. As it stands right now, the Chiefs are picking No.1 overall in the 2013 NFL draft, and that means they would win the Geno Smith lottery. Keep the faith, Chiefs fans, help is on the way.
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